BENGALURU (Jan 24): Halliburton Co’s fourth-quarter adjusted profit doubled from a year earlier, it said on Monday, beating analysts’ forecasts and prompting the oilfield service company to lift its dividend following a rebound in crude and natural gas prices.

Halliburton doubles quarterly profit, boosts dividend as oil rebounds- oil and gas 360

Source: Reuters

US oil prices rose more than 50% last year and have made a strong start to 2022, hovering around US$85 a barrel, thanks to the global economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and supply cuts by producer group Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

That has encouraged producers to ramp up drilling activity, with the US rig count rising 68% year-on-year to 586 at the end of the fourth quarter, according to Baker Hughes data.

“I expect the macro industry environment to remain supportive and the international and North America markets to continue their simultaneous growth,” Halliburton chief executive Jeff Miller said in a statement.

Houston, Texas-based Halliburton said it would boost its dividend to 12 cents, payable on March 23, up from a 4.5 cents dividend previously.

Wall Street analysts said the results were positive, with the exception of margins in its completions and production unit, which missed estimates.

The company’s shares were down almost 2.36% in pre-market trading at US$26.89 each. US crude futures were down about 0.5% to US$84.78.

Halliburton’s fourth-quarter adjusted net income totalled US$320 million, or 36 cents per share, topping Wall Street estimates of 34 cents a share, according to Refinitiv IBES. Adjusted net income was US$160 million, or 18 cents per share, a year ago.

Revenue of US$4.3 billion also beat analysts’ expectations of US$4.1 billion.

Rivals Schlumberger and Baker Hughes topped market expectations for fourth-quarter earnings last week.

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